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Teaching Grants Competition Now Open

The consultation period for Teaching Transformation & Innovation Grants (TTIG) is open! If you have an idea for a grant, the first step in the application process is to discuss your initial ideas in a pre-proposal consultation. This saves you from developing a proposal that is not aligned with the Schreyer Institute mission or is not fundable. Book your consultation on Larkin Hood's Outlook calendar: Book an appointment, or contact her via email:

TTIGs provide support for Penn State faculty of any rank at any location to implement or test teaching and learning innovations that address an important instructional issue or problem that impacts Penn State teaching and learning. Funding will be available for successful proposals during the next fiscal year, which begins on July 1. Grants typically range from $200–$6000 in actual costs. For more information, see:


Upcoming Workshop

Universal Design for Learning: It’s Just Good Design! 

Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021, 12:00 - 1:30 p.m. 

Ready to level up your flexible or remote teaching? +1 your students' learning achievements with Universal Design for Learning (UDL), a framework of brain-based, research-backed principles that reduce barriers to learning by addressing the variability of students' preparation, abilities, and access to technology. Participants will engage in UDL-based activities and leave with UDL-inspired example course materials developed by Penn State faculty. Registration is recommended, but not required. Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android:


Upcoming Short Course on Universal Design 

Teach to Reach: Maximizing Learning for All Students 

A collaboration between the Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence, Student Disability Resources, World Campus, and the Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST), Teach to Reach is non-credit course open to faculty of any rank or status, teaching assistants, and post-doctoral instructors from all disciplines, and members of the learning design community. In Spring 2021, this free, non-credit, and entirely asynchronous, online course, conducted in Canvas, will begin on March 1 and end on March 26. For more information and to register, visit


Engagement Academy Applications are Now Open

Proposals are being solicited from Penn State employees, both faculty and staff, who wish to spend a portion of their time during the 2021-2022 academic year developing research, scholarship, creative accomplishment, and/or programming (courses, curriculum or extra-curricular) involving engaged scholarship. The Engagement Academy is designed to deepen the University-wide discourse, practice, and recognition of student engagement and engaged scholarship at Penn State.


Goals for the Engagement Academy:

  1. Advance knowledge about student engagement and engaged scholarship across the University at Penn State;
  2. Strengthen student engagement and engaged scholarship events, courses, and experiences, as well as contribute to research and scholarship on student engagement and engaged scholarship that can lead to sustainable future opportunities for faculty, students, and staff;
  3. Cultivate faculty, student, and staff leadership regarding student engagement and engaged scholarship;
  4. Recognize, showcase, enable, and sponsor contributions to student engagement and engaged scholarship by Penn State faculty and staff; and
  5. Assess the effectiveness of student engagement and engaged scholarship at Penn State.

To this end, Penn State, through the Office of Undergraduate Education and the Student Engagement Network, fund applications for Penn State employees, both faculty and staff, to contribute to this mission by becoming an Engagement Fellow or Engagement Scholar.

Engagement Scholars appointments are two year in length (July 2021-June 2023). They receive ½ time release from teaching and a budget for completing a project that will advance knowledge on engagement at Penn State and beyond. Engagement Fellows appointments are one-year in length (July 2021-June2022). Fellows will receive a $3000 summer stipend and up to a $7000 budget to complete a project that develops models of student engagement and engaged scholarship in the context of programs, courses, events, and field work.

Applications are now open and will be accepted until Sunday, March 28 at 11:59 pm. 

Scholar applications may be found here. Fellow applications may be found here.

Please circulate this information and encourage appropriate faculty and staff to apply for these exciting positions.

If there are questions regarding these positions, please contact me by email at


Instructional faculty in the Eberly College of Science have access to training and information to ensure that instruction in science and math aligns with the learning styles of our students.